(Metro News) NBI raids net P10.6-M worth of fake wristwatches in Quiapo

July 3, 2010 9:02 pm 

MANILA, July 3 — Some P10.6 million worth of fake “Ben 10,” “Superman,” “Batman” and “Harry Potter” wristwatches were seized in raids conducted by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents in Quiapo, Manila, the agency reported on Saturday.

Raided were two stockrooms and one sales outlet of Rosezeny General Merchandise; Pulsearch Marketing; and Jackie Go and Jerome Go and/or Lea Go at the Seahorse Commercial Center, Carriedo St., Quiapo.

The raids were carried out in response to the complaints filed by DC Comics and Warner Bros.

In a report submitted to NBI Director Nestor M. Mantaring, the NBI teams belonging to Intellectual Property Rights Division (IPRD) headed by lawyer Dante Bonoan said they were armed with search warrants issued by Judge Antonio Eugenio of the Manila regional trial court (RTC) when they conducted the operations last Thursday.

The operations resulted in the seizure from the three establishments of 15,132 pieces of assorted counterfeit “Ben 10,” “Superman,” “Batman” and “Harry Potter” wristwatches.

The owners of the raided stalls face charges of Trademark Infringement and Unfair Competition under the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines, or Republic Act No. 8293. (PNA) scs/JES

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